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Carron Valley MTB/Downhill Trails.
Carron Valley MTB Trail Highlights

Carron Valley Mountain Bike Trails are in Stirling, Scotland and have a red and an orange free ride section.

The Red Trail

  • This is about 10.5 km. It starts at a section called the Pipe Dream which gets you warmed up gently for what is to follow. This trail has steep climbs, rock descents, stone slab drops and a final Runway (orange graded) section that is made for flow and pump and jumps (all rollable). It's famed for the Black Waterfall (known as Eas Dubh) and Kelpie staircase (rock steps).
  • Having been laid down in 2006 the trail has grown a strong reputation. Each section is well waymarked making it easy to session your favourite bits and doing it twice is worth it.  

History

  • Originally the trails were set up to be a much bigger venture to emulate what had been created in the 7 Stanes but to do that within a closer radius to the metropolitan centres of Glasgow and Edinburgh. It didn't quite get that far in development but what has been built in Carron Valley for mountain bikers is well worth the visit and of course you never know where the future will lie.

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Trails

Type of Centre/Base
Website
Trail Grades
  • Red (Difficult)
  • Orange (Extreme)
Type of Trail(s)
Cross Country (XC )
Facilities
Car Park
Trail Distance(s)

Location

Country
Scotland
County/State
Stirling
Trail, Centre or Base
Address
Carron Valley car park, Carron Bridge, Falkirk FK6 UK
Directions
The Carron Valley Car Park is on the left, about 2km past Carron Bridge.
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User reviews

Average user rating from: 4 user(s)

Overall rating 
 
2.6
Grin Factor 
 
2.8  (4)
Trail Variety 
 
2.5  (4)
Skills Development 
 
2.8  (4)
Trail Quality  
 
3.3  (4)
Facilities 
 
0.8  (4)
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  • Grin Factor
    Level of fun had, or to be had
  • Trail Variety
    Variety of specific trail or overall trail centre. Mix of obstacles, berms, jumps, drops, shore etc.
  • Skills Development
    Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
  • Trail Quality
    Are the trails well built /maintained using sustainable techniques?
  • Facilities
    From cafe post ride grub to bike wash. Did it meet your expectations?
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Good for beginners or kids. Not enough in it to be keep me interested.
Overall rating 
 
2.6
Grin Factor 
 
2.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
2.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
1.0
Julmulvan Reviewed by Julmulvan November 18, 2013
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Good for beginners or kids. Not enough in it to be keep me interested.

User Review

Good Points
Good for beginners looking to get into the sport and have somewhere close by to practice on and build confidence. The runway is probably the best option. Small course which can be lapped in around 45 mins.

Trails are good quality and seem to be looked after.
Bad Points
Not enough variety or challenge for anyone who considers themselves above a beginner, other than for training/sessioning. Definitely not a red as it claims.
Would you recommend?
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Carron Valley is my local playground and whilst yes it is small I am still not going to knock it having come from a very flat part of York where I had nowhere to play!

CV is great if you live within 30 mins drive and want a fitness blast on the evening. Pre-Strava I'll admit CV was not that great for me with only three sections of down it was all over very quick. After joining Strava it became a lot more fun as I used it to increase my fitness and chase down QoM. Suddenly it felt like a new place. Now I know Strava is not everyone's cup of tea so I'll leave it at that.

Runway is pretty awesome it has to be said!
Overall rating 
 
2.4
Grin Factor 
 
2.5
Trail Variety 
 
2.0
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
1.0
mtb_heroine Reviewed by mtb_heroine September 11, 2013
Last updated: December 19, 2013
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My Local Playground

Carron Valley is my local playground and whilst yes it is small I am still not going to knock it having come from a very flat part of York where I had nowhere to play!

CV is great if you live within 30 mins drive and want a fitness blast on the evening. Pre-Strava I'll admit CV was not that great for me with only three sections of down it was all over very quick. After joining Strava it became a lot more fun as I used it to increase my fitness and chase down QoM. Suddenly it felt like a new place. Now I know Strava is not everyone's cup of tea so I'll leave it at that.

Runway is pretty awesome it has to be said!

User Review

Good Points
Good for fitness if you like Strava
Close to Stirling
Good for night riding, wet weather
Bad Points
Could be so much more than it is!
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Carton valley could be really good if they made it bigger more tails and had more facilities like glentress more good downhill trails are needed.
Overall rating 
 
2.2
Grin Factor 
 
2.0
Trail Variety 
 
2.0
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
0.5
Richie Reviewed by Richie June 23, 2013
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Good for practicing

Carton valley could be really good if they made it bigger more tails and had more facilities like glentress more good downhill trails are needed.

User Review

Good Points
There are 2 good trials.
Bad Points
Bad points are there are not enough facilities like glentress no bike shop no place to get something to eat not enough trails takes an hour to do it all.




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Overall rating 
 
2.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
0.5
Stevie1985 Reviewed by Stevie1985 June 23, 2013
Last updated: June 23, 2013
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Just for killing time really.

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Good Points
free ride part is good. Empty during the week best time to go. Good for pratice run's or to kill some time or to take the kids. I used it a couple of times as its my closest trail.
Bad Points
not enough trails and not long enough. As all in only takes an hour to do it all to get to the top and right back down. There is enough woodland there to make trails but only 3 trails there and the picture they use to advertise this is false as that picture is on of the track at all.
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